Tuesday, 26 March 2019

Questions (1314)

Maurice Quinlivan

Question:

1314. Deputy Maurice Quinlivan asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection when a decision will be made on an appeal for carer's allowance by a person (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. [13840/19]

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Written answers (Question to Employment)

An application for carer's allowance (CA) was received from the person concerned on 13 June 2018.

It is a condition for receipt of a CA that the person being cared for must have such disability that they require full-time care and attention.

This is defined as requiring from another person, continual supervision and frequent assistance throughout the day in connection with normal bodily functions or continual supervision in order to avoid danger to him or herself and likely to require that level of care for at least twelve months.

The evidence submitted in support of this application was examined and the deciding officer decided that this evidence did not indicate that the requirement for full-time care was satisfied.

The person concerned was notified on 23 October 2018 of this decision, the reason for it and of her right of review and appeal.

The person concerned requested a review of this decision in November 2018. The Department was notified also in December 2018 that the person concerned had appealed the decision to the Social Welfare Appeals Office (SWAO).  

The outcome of the review is that the original decision was confirmed. On 22 January 2019 the person concerned was notified of the outcome.

A submission in support of the decision is being prepared and will shortly be forwarded along with the file to the SWAO for determination.

I hope this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.